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Child Safety Community of Practice

The Community of Practice aims to provide accessible information and support for Child Safety Officers or anyone whose role includes a focus on child safety within their organisation, anywhere in Australia.

Please note Community of Practice memberships are individual, not organisational. We encourage you to use your direct email address (rather than generic ones such as info@org or risk@org) when you register to ensure you are the first to know of any upcoming events and updates.

Become a member now for just $165 to gain access to insightful child safety webinars, policy updates, networking opportunities with peers, consultation with our expert advisors, and a lot more.

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"Great content, examples and practical ways to embed a child safety approach in our organisation."

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A Community of Practice Member

What does the Community of Practice membership include?

1. A child safety webinar series featuring experts in child safeguarding

Hear from a sensational line-up of high-profile child safety experts, as they explore different topics of interest and address some of the challenges for organisations in the social and legislative context post the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The child safety webinar series is the cornerstone of the Community of Practice, which comes at no extra cost for members. For non-members, each webinar costs $50 + GST.

If you register now, you will gain access to 5 webinar recordings from 2019 and 5 live webinars that have been scheduled for 2020 (valued at $550). Go to our Events page to check out the upcoming webinars.

Webinar recordings currently available in the Community of Practice online directory: 

  1. The New National Principles for Child Safe Organisations by Robert Fitzgerald AM, former Commissioner of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
  2. How to facilitate the engagement and participation of children in organisations to promote their safety by Associate Professor Tim Moore from the Australian Centre for Child Protection
  3. Impacts of childhood trauma, including abuse and its manifestations by Dr. Cathy Kezelman AM, President of Blue Knot Foundation - National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma 
  4. Child safety policies and codes of conduct by Kathryn Mandla, Head of the National Office for Child Safety
  5. Child safety in Aboriginal organisations by Muriel Bamblett AO, CEO of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and Chairperson of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

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“Thank you. The webinar promoted a lot of discussion and change to our agency. We will definitely be joining future webinars.”

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A Child Wise webinar attendee 

2. Curated policy updates 

The policy updates are designed to keep members up-to-date with changes in laws and policies related to child safety on a national and state-by-state level. The Community of Practice provides a space where these updates will be curated and available in the one spot, saving you time going through the news, so you won’t miss a beat!

3. Child Safety Good Practice Guides 

According to our advisers and trainers, implementing policy into practice is a common challenge for organisations. To assist you in your role, we’ve created Good Practice Guides that apply a practical lens to bringing child safety policy to life. New guides will be available regularly. You will find plenty of tips in there that you can apply in your organisation, and even print and display parts of them.

4. Access to Child Wise advisors for information 

Our experienced advisors are happy to answer one-off questions about child safety in your workplace. Feel free to pick up the phone if you need a sounding board for an issue. We can also talk to you about ways we can provide you with ongoing support through our coaching services and consulting packages. These are suitable where regular or ongoing information and support is required.

How can I access Child Wise advisors?

Call the Child Wise office at 1300 CHILD WISE or email info@childwise.org.au and you will be put in contact with one of our advisors. If they are unavailable at that time, you will be contacted within 48 hours.  

5. Networking opportunities with other peers in the child protection field 

As part of the membership, we aim to provide face-to-face opportunities for networking and discussion with peers in your area. This will happen on an ad hoc basis, as our membership base grows in every state. We want to ensure that we reach those of you who work in rural and regional areas particularly, and make sure you feel part of the Community.

6. Resources to support a child safety framework 

A range of resources, such as tools and templates are available to support your child safety framework developed under a Child Wise lens and hand-picked by our advisors. While there is a plethora of different tools and templates available on the Internet, our tools are targeted to Child Safety Officers. These will be updated on an ongoing basis and we welcome your suggestions on what you need to support your work of keeping children safe.

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“It is clear that this form of knowledge sharing is important and essential to learning.”

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A Community of Practice Member